Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council

24th August 2020 Planning Minutes

Minutes of the meeting held on Monday 24th August 2020 via video conferencing

Present: Cllr Andy Brewer (Chairman), Cllrs Peter Clayton, Nick Tolley, Bill Hancock, Sue Harvey with Lorna Williams (Deputy Clerk) in attendance.

1 member of the public and 2 members of the press were present

Public Participation

A member of the public spoke against application 11/20/035 on the grounds that the development did not make any provisions for on-site parking, using the ground floor space. The development as it stood would mean that at least another 12 cars would be parking on the surrounding roads. There would also be additional parking requirements from the convenience store traffic.

53/20/PC        Apologies

                        Cllr. Louise Parkin

                        Cllr. Helen Groves was not present

54/20/PC        Declarations of Interest in items on this agenda & dispensations granted

Cllr Hancock declared an interest on application 11/20/076 and would take no part in the considerations on this application.                

55/20/PC        Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on Wednesday 29th July 2020 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

56/20/PC        Planning Applications considered

It was agreed that application 11/20/066 would be considered first on the agenda


Location:15-17 Regent Street, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 1AX
Proposal:Change of use and conversion of ground Floor to retail (Use Class A1) and formation of eight residential apartments above.
Case Officer:Liam Evans

The Chairman invited the Highways Consultant, Mike Bellamy to speak to the meeting. He said that this was a car free development as the site was in a Town Centre location and there were public car parks in close proximity to the development. He talked through the 3 options of the siting of a loading bay in Regent St. as an amendment would be required to the existing Traffic Regulation Order and would have to be subject to a separate public consultation from the planning process.

The consultant was asked if the parking bay was an essential part of the application for a convenience store.

There was a suggestion to consider a parking bay on the High St. opposite the Nationwide, however the Consultant pointed out that the delivery entrance was on Regent St.

The Chairman invited the Planning Consultant, Darren Addicott to speak to the meeting. The building had been vacant for approximately 10 years and the intention was to have a change of use back to an A1 classification.

It was noted that plots 7 & 8 are in a proposed new extension to the building. The Consultant was unsure if this was essential to the viability of the build.

There was some concern regarding the layout of some of the flats as it was noted that a living room on one flat was next to a bedroom of another. The consultant responded that the development would have to comply with Building Regulations and this would be addressed in the sound insulation that is installed.

Comment:    The meeting Supported the application on the grounds that it was bringing a redundant building back into use and the street scene would be greatly improved aesthetically. It will improve the visual amenity of the area. It will be supplying much needed accommodation in a sustainable location. The building is in a Conservation area and the outside first floor windows were being retained as visual consistency of the street scene. The proposed development of this site adheres to Sedgemoor’s Core Strategy and the Town Council’s Neighbourhood Plan.


Location:33 Cunningham Road, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 2TF
Proposal:Retrospective application for the erection of a garage.
Case Officer:Amelia Elvé
Applicant:Mr Vinecombe-Young

Comment:    The meeting Objected to the retrospective application on the grounds that the building appears to cause a loss of parking due to its size and location.


Location:190 Berrow Road, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 2JE
Proposal:Change of use from a single dwelling to a mixed use including 3 rooms for B&B accommodation.
Case Officer:Shanta Parsons
Applicant:Mr Hills

Comment:    This application had already been considered on 29th July


Location:The Princess Hall, Princess Street, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 1EH
Proposal:Installation of replacement windows to the Auditorium and Pizey Room.
Case Officer:Liam Evans
Applicant:Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Town Council

Comment:    No observations


Location:115 Stoddens Road, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 2DD
Proposal:Variation of condition 2 of Planning Permission 11/18/00097 (Erection of detached dwelling, garage and formation of vehicular access) to amend the external materials
Case Officer:Liam Evans
Applicant:Mr Shakespeare

Comment:    No observations


Location:Land To The West Of, Brent Knoll Animal Centre, Brent Road, Brent Knoll, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9
Proposal:Erection of storage container and formation of hard standing (revised scheme).
Case Officer:Liam Evans
Applicant:Mr D Robbins

Comment:    No observations


Location:92B Berrow Road, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 2HN
Proposal:Alteration of existing garage roof from flat roof to pitch roof.
Case Officer:Shanta Parsons
Applicant:Mr R Smith

Comment:    No observations


Location:27 Margaret Crescent, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 1BY
Proposal:Erection of a single storey extension to the rear (East) elevation and a raised decking area.
Case Officer:Shanta Parsons
Applicant:Mr J Bowden

Comment:    No observations


Location:24 St Johns Road, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 2AX
Proposal:Erection of a single storey extension to side (West) elevation, on site of existing garage (to demolished).
Case Officer:Amelia Elvé
Applicant:Mr Edgecoombe

Comment:    No observations


Location:22 Caernarvon Way, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 2DQ
Proposal:Change of use and conversion of garage to form study and utility.
Case Officer:Amelia Elvé
Applicant:Mr & Ms Boyer & Gorden

Comment:    No observations


Location:Unit 1, Commerce Way, Highbridge, TA9 4AG
Proposal:Erection of extensions to the east, west and south elevations of existing industrial building.
Case Officer:Liam Evans
Applicant:Cotswold Chair Company

Comment:    The meeting Supported the application on the grounds that the building extensions would lead to an expansion of the business and increased employment provision.


Location:1 Brightstowe Road, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 2HW
Proposal:T30 – Horse Chestnut – Fell.
Case Officer:Janette Burton
Applicant:Mr N Twigg

Comment:    No observations

57/20/PC        Applications considered under delegated authority

There were none.

58/20/PC        Correspondence from the Clerk

The Deputy Clerk informed the meeting that a response that had been formulated and circulated by Cllr. Brewer, and had the agreement of members had been sent to the Licencing Department regarding the temporary Street Licence for Mr Beans Cafe.

The meeting heard that NALC had produced a consultation document in response to a government White Paper on changes to the Planning system. The consultation closes on 14th October. These papers will be circulated to all members and the Planning Committee will draw up the final response. This will be on the next agenda.           

59/20/PC        Date of Next meeting

It was noted that the next meeting of this committee will be held on Monday 14th September 2020 at 7pm.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.15pm

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The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge


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